5 Ways to Find Quiet During the Holidays + Giveaway #NescafeCoffeemate

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On Jingle Bells overload? Ready to pull out your hair if you have to make one more trip to the mall? Finding peace and quiet during the crazy holiday season can be tricky! I work full time at home and part time at the mall. I actually used to work full time at the mall too, but gave that up this year. Plus I’m a single mom, so I’m solely responsible for making sure my son has the best Christmas ever. Every. Single. Year. Talk about pressure! How do you find a bit of peace and quiet for myself during the holiday […] Read more »

A Dozen Ways To Handle An Unexpected Job Relocation

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Dealing with an unexpected job relocation, maybe due to a spouse with a new job or transfer or maybe due to a military transfer? Don’t panic. Here are 12 steps to take to handle the move with admirable style: Get busy preparing. As soon as you find out, it’s time to whip out a pen and legal pad and begin to make notes on how to prepare for the move. This may sound obvious, but what most people do is panic, protest, and procrastinate. Planning your move, taking action on a plan, and modifying it when necessary will immediately transform […] Read more »

Found on my Phone: Five Cute, Silly & Just Plain Odd Pictures

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Did you ever just sit there and go through the random pictures on your phone? I was going to do a Wordless Wednesday post. A week in pictures. Realized I had a boring week. Was going to do a month in pictures. Realized I didn’t do much picture-worthy stuff over the month. Realized I needed to get out more. Cried in my coffee. Then realized I have some STRANGE pictures on my phone! I also have some super cuties too. So I thought “hey, Nik, how about you come up with a whole new concept? A ‘Found on my Phone‘ […] Read more »

Life’s Plot Twists Build Character (inspired by Disney’s Maleficent)

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Life never goes according to plan. Ever. Show me one person who says “everything went exactly as I imagined it” and I’ll show you a person who probably led a boring life. Just like on a rollercoaster, it’s the twists and turns that make life so exciting. Take, for example, the life of Maleficent, the ‘villain” in Sleeping Beauty. Up until the recent Disney film starring Angelina Jolie, we never really got to hear her side of the story. Why did she curse Aurora? What was her motivation? Turns out, the curse stemmed from a plot twist in her life: […] Read more »

My Military & Money App Helps Young Military Families Manage Money

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This post is brought to you by My Military & Money App. All opinions are my own. I don’t know if you knew this, but I was a Navy wife…twice. I married the first time when I was 19, the day after my then-fiance graduated from boot camp. I was 20 when we moved in together while he attended A-School. I was barely out of my teens and trying to manage a house on my own. Things got even tougher when he changed ratings and was sent several states away…alone. I had to stay in Maryland. So not only was […] Read more »

Living with Anxiety Disorder is a Barrel of Crazy Monkeys

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I made a mistake today. Actually, I made it days ago and didn’t even realize it, but got called out on it today (as was deserved). It wasn’t a big mistake. Hardly the end of the world. Not even a tiny world living inside an amoeba. Normal people would apologize, fix it and move on. I am not normal people. Not by a long shot. I did apologize and fix it. The moving on part? Not so much. I cried. I considered sending everyone I accidentally slighted fruit baskets. I considered how crazy that is. I got in my car […] Read more »

Laugh Out Loud with CafeMom’s Mad Life Parenting Show!

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This post is brought to you by CafeMom. All opinions are my own. I’ve been a fan of CafeMom for years. It’s always been one of my go-to sites when I’m looking for realistic and practical parenting advice. Plus they have these fun little games for taking a few minutes for yourself. As much as I’ve used the site over the years, how did I not previously know about Mad Life? The CafeMom exclusive is in its third season, after all! Now that I found it, though, I’ll be watching it a lot! Mad Life is a weekly web show […] Read more »

First Day of 4th Grade & I’m No Longer the “Cool” Mom!

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Today is my son’s first day of 4th grade. I can’t quite grasp that concept! It seems like just yesterday he was starting kindergarten and hiding behind the mail boxes when the bus came. Took nearly 10 minutes to coax him onto the bus! Now, I barely even get a wave goodbye as he hops on with his friends. That picture up there? I had to jump out of the car with my camera, sneak up on him, call his name and snap. Kind of like when you’re on safari, I imagine. He let me take a few posed pics […] Read more »

The Boy that Makes me Sparkle! #SparkleWithDASANI #ad

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This post is brought to you by DASANI. All opinions are my own. What makes you sparkle? You know, something that gives you that gushy, happy feeling the moment you see it? For me, the main thing that makes me sparkle is my son. Even when he’s being a smarty pants, he still makes me feel so proud and happy that I could burst into a giant cloud of glitter. Talk about sparkle! Just look at the handsome little face of his! He’s so incredibly smart, funny and silly. He makes every day so much more interesting. Seriously, I have […] Read more »

Savoring the Summer with 5 Fun Family Traditions

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This post is brought to you by Dixie. All opinions are my own. Are you excited that summer is finally almost here? I am! I cannot wait for my son’s last day of school. I’m so looking forward to sleeping in for two months. I think that’s probably my favorite part of summer. I love the lazy feeling of summer vacation. Even though we have a lot of birthdays- including mine!- they just don’t have the rushed, crazy feeling that the rest of the year brings. We start savoring our summer the moment Jacob gets off the bus the last […] Read more »